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NEWMARKET Mediated talks aimed at ending the strike by 92 front-line health care workers at the York Region CCAC broke off today with the employer refusing to even make a final offer, says the union representing the workers on strike since August 6th.

We dont see how CCAC management expects to end this strike when they wouldnt even put forward a final offer, says Jim Keenan, National Representative of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The Executive Director didnt even have the decency to show up in person he participated by phone. No further talks are scheduled.

The workers normally work in three CCAC offices in the region and in satellite offices at the Markham Stouffville Hospital, the Southlake Regional Health Centre, and the York Central Hospital. They include team assistants, service coordinators, case managers, payroll and accounting staff, Information Technology specialists, information and referral specialists, and receptionists.

There are people in crisis who need our services, says Dawn Trott, CUPE Local 905 CCAC Unit Chair. Our job is to help the elderly access the services they need and families with newborns and premature babies we really need to get back to work. Management is showing a total lack of respect for us as workers, and for the people who need our services.

The workers are calling on residents to help pressure the Minister of Health and local Board of Directors to do something to end this crisis. The main picket line is set up at York Region CCAC headquarters, 1100 Gorham Street, Unit 1, in Newmarket (Gorham and Leslie).

For further information, please contact:

Dawn Trott
Local 905 CCAC Unit Chair

Jim Keenan
CUPE National Rep.

Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications